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Bret

SOUTH BERWICK, ME, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 17 ratings
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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Seduce Me at Sunrise

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (463)

    Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins - and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation...and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.

    Queen Squared says: "OMG! This series is amazing!"
    "Eh, it's okay."
    Overall

    I enjoyed the first Hathaway book enough to look for the second. Unfortunately I found it a bit tedious. The best parts were with Amelia and Rowan from book one. The Kev and Win story just seems contrived with roadblocks of their own making. I finished the book, but only because I paid for it.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By L. David Marquet
    • Narrated By L. David Marquet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. Marquet acted like any other captain until, one day, he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. Marquet realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control.

    Bret says: "Can't wait to put this to work-track needs editing"
    "Can't wait to put this to work-track needs editing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not only educational, but entertaining. I definitely think this was time well spent.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio track needs to be re-edited. The cuts often resulted in repeated words or phrases, indicating that an editor needs to take a listen and re-splice the track.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Then Came You: Gambler of Craven's Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (456)

    Reckless, wild, and beautiful, Lily Lawson delights in shocking proper London society – and now she is determined to rescue her sister from an unwanted impending marriage to the notorious Alex, Lord Raiford, by fair means or foul. But while she succeeds outrageously, Alex is a master gamesman who is not to be undone.

    Mandy Hepler says: "Addictive"
    "Entertaining- worth the time and Credit"
    Overall

    I enjoy Lisa Kleypas books a lot, though they do seem "formula" written (many of the books have the same plot arcs, though different plots). That doesn't take away from the enjoyable characters and the good narration. Worth the credit.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13126)
    Performance
    (5567)
    Story
    (5635)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Great narration, good book"
    Overall

    I was hooked with the narration of this book- it definately added to the reading experience. The plot was good too, with charracter development and interesting plotlines. There were some graphic, uncomfortable parts, but overall I have reccomended this book to several people with varying tastes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Becca by the Book: A Getaway Girls Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laura Jensen Walker
    • Narrated By Laura Derocher
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Adventurous, off-beat Becca Daniels will try almost anything - purple hair, skydiving, even her book club's crazy challenge. To prove she's not commitment-phobic, Becca agrees to twenty-five dates with whoever asks her out next. When ᅵᅵᅵchurchy" Ben - definitely not Becca's type - calls, the hilarious and eye-opening dates could lead to Becca's greatest adventure yet.

    Candace says: "Plot-less and Pointless..."
    "Disappointment beginning to end."
    Overall

    I finished this book, as I kept hoping it would get better. But the end was even more disappointing than the rest of the tedious book. It was VERY Christian-centric, which a lot of times seemed forced. There were lots of extra charracters that didn't add to the story but distracted from the main plotlines. And the end felt like another 5 chapters were condenced into an epilogue. Very disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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